Physical therapist taking a measurement of a client's wrist

Department of Physical Therapy News

The Physical Therapy Department offers a doctorate of physical therapy degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. Students are prepared as generalists, but then have an opportunity to investigate the orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric specializations through clinical exposures and student research opportunities. The curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of physical therapy and prepares graduates for state licensure examination eligibility.

Current Physical Therapy News

UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Business and Community | April 21, 2021
UNLV recognizes individuals for their exceptional work in community engagement activities.
woman posing with two physical therapists working behind her
Campus News | April 21, 2021

Service-Learning Award recipient Jennifer Nash partners with community agency to provide opportunities for students while addressing fall risks for older adults.

Two people work on an exercise involving passing a ball back and forth
Research | February 17, 2021

After pivoting from planned research, a physical therapy professor's Zoom classes offer exercise outlet to Down syndrome patients.

A man sits on a couch with his wife and four children
People | October 6, 2020

Integrated Health Sciences Alumnus of the Year Edwin Suarez's interest in physical therapy started with an injury of his own.

Outdoor portrait of Stacy Palacios-Esparza.
People | June 15, 2020

The administrative assistant III and business student shares tips on keeping her life organized and productive.

Physical Therapy In The News

Nevada State News
September 13, 2021

Researchers have known for some time that a person’s zip code can have as much of an impact on their health as their own genetics.

Healthline
July 30, 2021

Performing certain exercises can help you manage spasticity after a stroke.

Medical Daily
January 14, 2019

While working on the computer, we slip into autopilot so often that we fail to realize when we ended up in that familiar position - leaning forward without support, head bent down, and eyes close to the monitor.

Fox 5 Atlanta
October 9, 2018

If you're a slumper, straighten up! Doctors say they're seeing a jump in patients coming in with neck and shoulder pain from spending too much time bent over their tablets and e-readers.

Health Line
August 30, 2018

After it’s been a day, our beds and sofas can look pretty inviting — so much so that we often sprawl stomach down on them to chill.

Chiropractic Economics
July 25, 2018

Chiropractors now have access to myriad advanced testing options.

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Recent Physical Therapy Accomplishments

May 27, 2021
Jennifer Kawi (Nursing), as a member of the board of the state office of minority health and equity (NOMHE), was part of an AAPI listening session titled “Fatigued & Taxed: A Listening Session about the Strain and Expectations Facing Asian American and Pacific Islander Healthcare Professionals.” The session, which took place...
March 30, 2021
Leland "Rocky" Rockstraw (Nursing), director of the Clinical Simulation Center, was elected by the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow. The class of 2021 Fellows were welcomed into NAP in a virtual awards and induction ceremony earlier this month.
October 27, 2020
Lidio Lima de Albuquerque, Milan Pantovic, Katherine Fischer, Sharon Jalene, and Brach Poston (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Science), Mitchel Clingo (Medicine), and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), along with Zoltan Mari of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center, wrote "An Acute Application of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation...
September 22, 2020
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) has been awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R03 grant, Improving Hospital Efficiency: Predicting Post-Acute Care Facility Placement Using Machine Learning and Patient Mobility Scores from the Electronic Medical Record, with his collaborators at John Hopkins. This grant funded at $99,860 will...
June 19, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy), Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) and former UNLV student co-authors recently published an article, "Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and well-being” in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International...
March 24, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) is the recipient of the 2020 Community-Based Research Faculty Award given by the office of community engagement. He was recognized for his “Mobility and Patient Perceived Outcomes in Older Adults with Limb Loss” community-based research project in collaboration with multiple community partners. The award criteria is...